Robert Harvey Millstones, Stanage Edge, Hathersage, Peak District

Visual Art Group Autumn Weekend

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Picture: Millstones, Stanage Edge, Hathersage, Peak District

The wait is over. Our 2021 Autumn Weekend will take us to Buxton, on the edge of the Peak District National Park. The highest market town in England is famous for its thermal waters and its historical architecture. Speakers scheduled include:

Robert Harvey BA ARPS EFIAP, author of "Britain’s Best Landscapes and How to Photograph Them", will discuss the balance between planning and serendipity in landscape photography. His talk demonstrates the value of careful preparation in making compelling images. How can we create and realise a vision for an artistic interpretation of the landscape captured in camera, using natural light, seasons, weather and tides to maximum advantage? In support he also offers two workshops which will take you into the national park with lighter (I) or longer (II) hikes.

Picture: ICM

Martin Addison FRPS will give a talk and lead a workshop on how to increase your creativity, with emphasis on seeing images differenly, camera movement, multi-exposure and creative focusing. He calls it "Looking Outside the Frame - How not to take competition winners!"


Picture: Berlin

Les Forrester BA Hons Photo ARPS, was recently featured in our Visual Art Monograph. His presentation focuses on his vision of photography, how he sees and pre-processes his subjects. The main focus of his talk is his architecture work, but he will also touch on his love of Minimal Long Exposures along with some of his other work. Expect the unexpected.

Picture: Route 30 Here we stand

Mimi Mollica FRPS, an internationally renowned Sicilian photographer, deals in his photo essays with social issues and topics related to identity, environment, migration and macroscopic human transitions. Mimi chooses to work on long term projects which allow him to research explore and develop a subject in depth. He will also explore Buxton with a small workshop group. "I will encourage the group to get out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves with a well-known place while trying to offer their own personal interpretation of such place. I want their senses to be switched on to the maximum and hunt for images that can illustrate their take on the place."

Picture: Grand Canal

Nettie Edwards is most well-known for her stunning, award-winning images shot on her iPhone. In 2009 she became one of the first artists in the world to consider the possibilities of the iPhone as a creative tool, in recognition of which she was named as a contemporary experimental photography reference in the 2019 A-level Art & Design paper for Pearson Edexel. Her recent work has concentrated on experimenting with anthotypes.

Our base will be the Palace Hotel, overlooking the town centre and within walking distance to local attractions and historical sites.

The cost for our weekend is £270 per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room, or £360 for single occupancy. This includes dinner, bed and breakfast for three nights as well as the main programme, ample free parking, and free use of the hotel's leisure facilities.

However, as the number of places in the optional one-day workshops (£60 per person) is limited and our weekends tend to get booked up quickly (especially the single rooms), we recommend that you don’t wait too long. Please complete the attached form and return it to me with a deposit of £50 per person. If you prefer electronic payments, please make a bank transfer to the group account specified on the booking form.

This weekend will be subject to government Covid restrictions if in place, and we are all responsible for our own health and safety.

We very much hope you will be able to join us for this weekend and look forward to hearing from you very soon.

Andreas Klatt ARPS
Chairman, Visual Art Group
01608 684848

Event Organiser

Andreas Klatt ARPS



The Palace Hotel

Palace Road


SK17 6AG